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New Leaf Compost supports St Mary's College Derry, ‘Connect with Nature' initiative

New Leaf Compost has joined with St Mary’s College in Derry City to support its ‘Connect with Nature’ project.

Donating all the compost required to enable more than 130 year 8 pupils take part in the school’s health and wellbeing initiative, New Leaf Compost has proudly supported the project which involved each student receiving a plant, a pot and organic high-quality compost to sow their very own flower which they could then take home to watch grow and blossom. 

Donating our compost to local schools is a very important aspect of New Leaf Compost as we believe in the power of education to encourage positive recycling habits and understand the benefits of horticultural therapy from an early age.

As we recycle food and garden waste from across the Northwest, we want to repeat what we are doing elsewhere and give back to the local community to allow people to see the tangible benefits of effective household recycling in their own lives and areas. 

Mrs Paula Molloy, Head of Health and Wellbeing, at St Mary’s College said:

“As we continue to observe stringent COVID measures within our College, the donation of New Leaf Compost couldn’t have come at a better time!

“Taking the students outside and enabling them to experience the many senses associated with gardening such as the feeling of the soil and the smelling of the plants has meant many have experienced the benefits of connecting with the great outdoors for the first time, and we are sure we’ve unleashed an interest many may not have been aware of!”

We hope we have helped sparked an interest for these year eight students and we look forward to seeing pictures of their flower plots once in full bloom!